VMware Academic Program

About VMware Academic Program

VMware Academic Program is a software licensing program for schools and colleges that teach and utilize technology. USC Viterbi School of Engineering is now a participant in the VMware Academic Program (VMAP). Through VMAP, eligible USC students and faculty have access to VMware products at no cost, subject to the terms of the program. Students and Faculty may install these tools on their personal computers.

A partial list of available software includes:

VMware Workstation for Windows

VMware Fusion for Macs

The current agreement has expiredVMWare Academic Program is being moved by the vendor to a different platform.  When the move has been completed, VMAP may be offered again. 

Software is provided for instructional and non-commercial research use only. Students may continue to use these products for non-commercial purposes, even after they graduate. Please note that each product may have a license good for a defined period of time. For example, as of this writing, the VMware Workstation 10 license is good for 12 months. Read the terms and conditions carefully and note when your downloaded software will expire. Save your product key in a safe location. Neither Kivuto nor Viterbi IT will be able to retrieve your assigned product key if you lose it or if you are no longer eligible to log in to VMAP. You may see non-VMware software offered to you at a discounted student or faculty price.

Software is accessed through a dedicated website run by Kivuto Solutions Inc. Access is given to students and faculty who meet certain requirements. Eligible individuals will sign in using USC NetID login credentials.

Who is eligible?

Student must be taking at least one for-credit engineering course in current semester.

Active Viterbi faculty (inclusive of adjunct and part-time lecturers) must be teaching at least one engineering course, or be doing non-commercial research for the Viterbi School.

In order to meet licensing requirements and not risk loss of access for all eligible users, access for anyone who no longer meets the criteria described above will be disabled at each semester switch.

Students and faculty who leave the Viterbi School are able to continue to use software from this license that was installed on their machines prior to their departure until the software license expires.

What technical support is available?

The Viterbi School does not provide technical support for products obtained through the VMware Academic Program. The Viterbi School does not troubleshoot or support problems with software installations, errors while using the software, or development with the software. The Viterbi School does not support problems with VMAP software on personal computers. VMAP software is provided as is.

Terms and Conditions for Use:

You may not give copies of downloaded software to anyone else. Other qualifying students must obtain software through the dedicated Viterbi VMAP website.

In order to install certain components of the Product, you may need a VMAP Product Key (“Product Key”). The Product Key will be assigned solely to install or access the authorized software. You may not disclose the Product Key information to anyone else.

You may use the software for instructional or non-commercial research purposes. You may not use the Program software for any for-profit software development.

When you no longer meet the eligibility criteria above, your access to the dedicated Viterbi VMAP portal will be disabled. However, you may continue to use previously installed products on your computer until the software expires, provided you continue to follow program guidelines.

If you violate the terms of the EULA and the Amendment to the EULA, or the terms and conditions, you may be required to remove the software from your personal-use computer and subject to further disciplinary action.

By clicking on 'I Agree', you agree to the terms of the VMware Academic Program End User License Agreement (EULA), the Amendment to the EULA, and the above terms and conditions for usage of the Microsoft software.

Published on November 16th, 2017

Last updated on February 7th, 2022